Senate big tech hearing breaks after Mark Zuckerberg has technical difficulties

The CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg had to ask the Senate Commerce Committee to allow him time to resolve technical issues that prevented him from video conferencing into a hearing on big tech censorship Wednesday.

Committee Chairman Senator Roger Wicker, R-MS, interrupted the hearing after Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai delivered his opening statement to announce that Zuckerberg was having difficulties connecting to the hearing.

“Members should be advised at this point that we are unable to make contact with Mr. Mark Zuckerberg,” Senator Wicker said. “We are told by Facebook staff that he is alone and attempting to connect with this hearing and that they are requesting a five minute recess at this point to see if that connection can be made.”

He added, “I thnk this is a most interesting development, but we’re going to accommodate the request of the Facebook employees and see if within five minutes we can make contact and proceed.”

Less than five minutes later, Sen. Wicker announced that Zuckerberg was able to successfully connect to the hearing.